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Extinction and Evolution - What Fossils Reveal about the History of Life

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Extinction and Evolution - What Fossils Reveal about the History of Life

Niles Eldredge

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Extinction and Evolution recounts the research of paleontologist Niles Eldredge, whose discoveries overturned Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as a slow and inevitable process. In his 1859 treatise On the Origin of Species, Darwin posited that evolutionary changes happen very slowly over millions of years. Eldredge’s work, however, disproved the accepted Darwinian view, proving instead that significant changes occurred after a mass extinction event. Eldredge’s groundbreaking work is now accepted as the definitive statement of how life evolved on Earth. This book chronicles how Eldredge made his discoveries and traces the history of life through the lenses of paleontology, geology, ecology, anthropology, biology, genetics, zoology, mammalogy, herpetology, entomology and botany. Remaining rigorously accurate, the text is accessible, engaging and free of jargon. Extinction and Evolution features 160 beautiful colour plates (14 of which are new to this edition) that bridge the gap between science and art, and show more than 200 different fossil specimens, including photographs of some of the most significant fossil discoveries of recent years. AUTHOR: Niles Eldredge is one of the world’s most renowned paleontologists. He was on the curatorial staff of the American Museum of Natural History for many years. He is the author of Life in the Balance, named the most important science book of the year by Publishers Weekly. He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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